By Ivy Monique James
Chlamydia is becoming the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia, WA Health targeted Curtin University’s End of Semester Bash last Friday, in a bid to spread awareness to young people, that chlamydia is easy to transmit, easy to test and easy to treat.
Colosoul Magazine was invited to cover the event and we learnt, that alarmingly chlamydia is most common in 16 to 24 year olds. What makes this infection even more sinister is that it often displays no symptoms so most people won’t even know they are infected. Chlamydia can be passed on by unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. WA Health representatives handed this information out to students at the event in the form of a condom and lubricant. Recipients displayed a mix of shock, delight and good humour at the unexpected gift. With alcohol flying off the bar at rapid rates, raunchy music videos of dancers intensely jiggling their reproductive parts on television screens with lyrics heavily imbued with sexual connotations, you could say the atmosphere of the room was sexually charged.
After successfully releasing myself from being wedged in between multiple couples who were “sucking face,” I couldn’t help but think this event was health promotion at its best. Sexual health awareness promoted with target group – check! Vibrantly coloured “Could I have it?” posters in high traffic areas (including toilets) and t-shirts worn by bar staff were effective. It all left a lingering sense of responsibility and accountability, for not only the students’ own health but for that of their partners.
As part of the promotion, WA Health are also running a competition to WIN AN IPAD MINI! The competition is still open and anyone can win by visiting the Curtin Tav’s Facebook page and ‘Like’ing the ‘Sexual Health at End of Semester Bash’ photo album. The competition closes this Sunday 15 June.
Their message is clear. Keep your “package” wrapped, as otherwise you might catch an STI. If you haven’t been careful, get yourself tested. Ask yourself “could I have it?”